Tuesday, May 19, 2015

After Lament: Psalms for Learning to Trust Again by Glenn Pemberton

Book Description: Just as the Book of Psalms provides the words we need for lament (expressing our grief and hurt to God), the Psalter also provides the guidance and language we need for negotiating the time after lament (learning to trust and give thanks).
Nearly half of the psalms in the Book of Psalms are ''laments,'' expressions of grief, trouble, and suffering combined with calls for God's help. Glenn Pemberton's earlier book, Hurting with God, describes how the lament psalms helped him express his heart honestly before God. In After Lament, he masterfully explores the next stage of the journey, pointing out that lament does not always lead to thanksgiving. What happens when God does not answer our lament? In this rich book, Pemberton draws our attention to psalms of trust. How do we learn to trust God ''after lament''?
Even if God's answer to our lament was ''yes,'' we cannot return to our life before the storm. Scars remain. And should God's answer to our lament be something other than we wanted, we have an even greater faith challenge. How do we live with a God who said ''no'' in our moment of greatest need? Focusing on the psalms of trust, this book shows the Bible's answer to this question.

My Thoughts:  I love the book of Psalms in God's Word.  Psalms always brings such comfort no matter what trial, hardship, or issue one is going though.
Glenn Pemberton masterfully writes about the Psalms and how a person can trust God after lament. 
The word lament means a passionate expression of grief or sorrow.  

After one goes through lament then the time of grief comes to an end and there comes a time of trusting in the One who created us.

Last year our family lost a dear loved one. We have had a time of 

grieving. And now we must go one with our lives and in doing so we 

must trust the Lord our God to direct us and give us comfort.  

I found this to book to be of great comfort and joy in the next step after my time of grieving.  

This book makes a nice "card" or gift for someone going through a time of sorrow or grief.

*This book was provided for review by Leafwood Publishers*

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Abilene Christian University Press (February 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089112487X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891124870

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